Great Northern Bean Stew Recipe
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Great Northern Bean Stew Recipe

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This thick and hearty stew is sure to chase the winter chills away.—Mildred Sherrer, Fort Worth, Texas
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 55 min.
MAKES:6 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 55 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 1 pound bulk pork sausage
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 can (15-1/2 ounces) great northern beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (28 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 2 cups chopped cabbage
  • 1 cup sliced carrots
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 cup) equals 274 calories, 15 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 27 mg cholesterol, 937 mg sodium, 26 g carbohydrate, 8 g fiber, 11 g protein.


  1. In a large saucepan, cook sausage and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Add the next 11 ingredients. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 50-60 minutes or until vegetables are tender.
  2. Stir in parsley; cook 5 minutes longer.
    Freeze option: Freeze cooled stew in freezer containers. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Heat through in a saucepan, stirring occasionally and adding a little water if necessary.
    Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Great Northern Bean Stew in Taste of Home October/November 2004, p52

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Reviewed Jan. 17, 2016

"I used hamburger instead of sausage, as I don't like sausage. Left out the hot sauce. We loved this. Definitely will make again."

Reviewed Nov. 13, 2015

"Talk about a hug in a mug! After taking the advice of several reviewers to increase the bean content (I put in two large jars of Great Northern beans, water and all, instead of the one 15-oz. can), this turned into the most comforting, hearty, flavorful creation I have had in a long time! We provide meals to my elderly in-laws, and the fact that this is so nutritious and freezes well will make this tops on my list!"

Reviewed Nov. 11, 2015

"I did start to make this but then realized there was no liquid at all in it except for the tomatoes. Had to add water. Wasn't impressed with this stew."

Reviewed Dec. 16, 2013

"loved this, but next time will add more beans!!"

Reviewed May. 10, 2013

"Husband loved this and has asked for it again"

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